Turkey-Pakistan Relations

Turkey-Pakistan Relations

Turkey considers the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with which it is bound with fraternal ties, as one of the prominent players for the security and stability of the region.

Turkey-Pakistan relations gain their strength from history. The support extended by the Muslims of the sub-continent to the Turkish Independence War occupies a special place in the Turkish mind. The Turkish Liberation War and its success in establishing a modern state afterwards has been a source of inspiration for the Pakistani people since August 14, 1947, the day the Islamic Republic of Pakistan emerged as a sovereign state. In 2017, 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Pakistan celebrated through several cultural events, which were organized in both countries.

Following the establishment of Pakistan, both countries extended each other their support during the most difficult times, such as in reacting natural disasters and they cemented their friendly relations with frequent high-level visits. The High Level Cooperation Council which was established in 2009 and upgraded to High Level Strategic Cooperation Council has been a clear demonstration both countries’ will to further bilateral relations in every field. Fifth meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council was held in Ankara on 23 February 2017 under the chairmanship of both countries’ Prime Ministers. Within this mechanism, 60 agreements and documents have been signed, so far.

The positive reflection of the excellent bilateral relations can also be seen in the international fora. Turkey and Pakistan are supporting each other in all international platforms.

Pakistan also adopts a highly supportive approach on international matters, which are of special interest for Turkey.

Frequent high-level visits are a clear indicator of the close political relations between Turkey and Pakistan. H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey paid an official visit to Pakistan on 16-17 November 2016. H.E. President Erdoğan visited Pakistan in order to participate in Economic Cooperation Organization Summit, which was hold in Islamabad, on 28 February-March 1st 2017. H.E. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited Turkey on 22-24 February 2017, and co-chaired the fifth meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan participated in the Ninth Summit of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation in Istanbul. On this occasion, H.E. Prime Minister Abbasi, paid a working visit to Turkey and met with H.E. Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey. H.E Prime Minister Abbasi, also participated in the Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference on Al-Quds Ash-Sharif which was held in Istanbul on 13 December 2017.

H.E. Mevlüt Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, visited Islamabad in 1-2 August 2016. On this occasion, H.E. Cavusoglu called on H.E. Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and H.E. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, then Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

H.E. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister of Pakistan paid a working visit to Ankara on 12 September 2017. H.E. Foreign Minister Asif met with H.E. Mevlüt Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and called on H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey and H.E. Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey.

The first trilateral meeting of the Turkey-Azerbaijan-Pakistan Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in Baku, on 30 November 2017.